Autumn Apple and Sausage Couscous

Autumn Apple and Sausage Couscous is an easy dinner idea that includes several fall flavors, as well as Hillshire Farm Chicken Apple Smoked Sausages.

Autumn Apple and Sausage Couscous

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Saving money on groceries is important to me, but saving time can be equally as important. On top of that, I want our meals to be fairly healthy too. My main way of accomplishing all three of these thing is by menu planning (my main key to making sure we eat healthy) watching the sales ads and using the digital coupons that stores like Vons (our Safeway affiliate store here in Vegas) has.

Vons even has an app, which I have installed on my iPhone. It’s SO helpful.  I can use it while I am shopping and right then and there, I can add digital coupons to my Vons card. For example, one of their current promotions is for Hillshire Farm. There is a special deal right now where you can buy 3 Hillshire Farm products and then save $3 at your local Safeway (or Safeway affiliate). To sign up to take advantage of deals like this, just visit the Safeway “Just For U” website and then you can add the Buy 3, Save 3 offer to your card.

To I’m share a delicious dinner idea  that is healthy, it will save you time, plus it will save you money when you take advantage of the Hillshire Farm Buy 3, Save $3 deal that you add to your Safeway card. It’s a total win/win all around.

For this Autumn Apple and Sausage Couscous, I’m using one of my favorite Hillshire Farm products. It’s their Gourmet Creations Premium Smoked Sausages. I like all of the flavors, but one that I love is the Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple with Gouda Cheese Chicken Sausages, which is particularly great in the Autumn months.

Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple with Gouda Cheese Sausage

To make your Autumn Apple & Sausage Couscous, you will begin by slicing and pan frying one package of the Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple. Since these are already fully cooked, they brown up fairly quickly. Each slice gets flipped over so the other side can brown and then they are set aside while the rest of the ingredients are prepared.

Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple with Gouda Cheese Sausage

Next, you’ll slice up two granny smith apples and 1 medium onion. I love having apples in main dish recipes in the fall. The apple and the onions are fried up in a pan with a bit of butter. Give the apples a squeeze of some lemon juice too. After they become tender and beginning to brown, remove them from the pan and set them aside with the sausages. You will also toast pecans, which give a wonderful crunch to this recipe.

Sliced Granny Smith Apples for Autumn Sausage Couscous

Of course, you can’t have a couscous recipe without couscous.  If you have never cooked couscous, rest assured that it’s easy — even easier than rice. I buy a box of it in the area near the rice at the grocery store. Follow the directions the package you buy and it will turn out perfect. And as my kids will even tell you: “it’s so nice, you have to say it twice”.


Once the couscous is finished, you are ready to toss everything together. Mix in the Hillshire Farm sausage, apples & onions, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries. Season with some salt and pepper and it’s ready to be served!

Autumn Apple and Sausage Couscous

Here’s the complete recipe, ready for you to save to your ZipList recipe box or to print:

Autumn Apple and Sausage Couscous
  • 1 12-ounce package Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple Sausage, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 granny smith apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lemon or a splash of bottled lemon juice
  • 5 cups cooked couscous
  • ¾ cup dried & sweetened cranberries
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, cook sausage slices. Flip slices over to allow each side to brown. When each side is browned, remove sausage from pan to a bowl or plate.
  2. In the same frying pan, melt butter. Cook apples and onions in butter over medium heat. Squeeze lemon over apples or give a splash with bottle lemon juice. Cook until apples and onions are becoming tender and slightly browned. Set aside with sausages.
  3. In an ungreased skillet, add chopped pecans and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until pecans are golden brown. Remove from heat.
  4. Combine the sausage, apples, onions, cranberries and pecans with the couscous. Season with salt and pepper. Serve!
Recipe adapted from Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple packaging

If you want even more recipes for delicious meals, you can find lots of them on the Hillshire Farm website. Be sure to check them out and don’t forget to sign up on the Safeway “Just For U” website and add the Hillsire Farm Buy 3, Save 3 deal to your card.

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Autumn Apple and Sausage Couscous


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  1. BarbaraP says

    Just happen to have Hillshire Farm chicken sausag and always have apples and onions. Even have some quinoa cooked up so am sure I could substitute that for couscous! Thanks fir super recipe!!


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